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Mission

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Children’s Lives and School Safety (CLASS) is devoted to helping parents advocate for the security of children and school personnel in schools. We believe children deserve to be in a protected environment during their school day so they can focus on learning. The safety of our children is a common goal for all Americans, regardless of their individual background or political affiliation.

Our party is the human party.

Meadows Movement Inc is a non-profit formed in Florida 3/19/18 operating as a 501 (c)(3).

Eight Point Plan

1. Secure the perimeter

Construct a fully secure and monitored perimeter around every school. Include the installation of strategically placed cameras to provide both a deterrent and effective monitoring of the school.

2. Control the flow

Establish monitored single or limited points of entry that include metal detectors, with multiple egresses from every school.

3. Protect the interior

Place armed guards within every school through the use of School Resource Officers (SROs), a guardian program which empowers schools to arm highly trained staff or school safety specialists that gives priority hiring to retired veterans and law enforcement officers.

4. Develop the School Safety Volunteer Network

Enact a volunteer program, similar to volunteer crossing guards, in which parents are mobilized and tasked by the school to provide school safety assistance. Parents will be given identifying materials, such as a vest, and empowered to monitor the perimeter or hallways during class time.

5. Increase parental communication

Streamline and enhance communications with parents during a school safety incident that results in a lockdown or evacuation of the school campus.

6. Appoint a District School Safety Specialist

Every school district should designate a district school safety specialist to serve as the school district’s primary point of public contact for public school safety functions.

7. Increase Mental Health Services

Provide the training and resources necessary for schools to provide proper mental health services for their students.

8. Establish a School Safety Hotline

Develop a system which can receive anonymous calls, texts or emails from students about potential threats within a school. This system should be monitored and immediately addressed by the local school district.

Sample Legislation

  • Mandatory School Resource Officers in every public school. These law enforcement officers must either be sworn sheriff’s deputies or police officers and be present during all hoursstudents are on campus. The size of the campus should be a factor in determining staffing levels by the county sheriff’s office. The bill requires each school district to establish or assign one or more safe-school officers at each school facility.
  • Require mandatory active shooter training as outlined by the Department of Homeland Security. All training and code red drills must be completed during the first week of each semester in all public schools. Both faculty and students must participate in active shooter drills and local sheriff’s offices must be involved in training. The bill requires active shooter training for school safety specialists, and active shooter drills to be conducted at least as often as other drills.
  • Increase funding to address specific school safety needs within each district. This includes school hardening measures like metal detectors, bullet proof glass, steel doors, and upgraded locks. Minimum guidelines and best practices should be developed.
  • Require each school district that receives state funds for school hardening to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the local sheriff’s office, the state Juvenile Justice system, child welfare agency, the state law enforcement agency, and any community behavioral health provider for the purpose of sharing information to coordinate services in order to provide prevention or intervention strategies. The bill requires each school district to designate a school safety specialist to serve as a liaison with public safety agencies, authorizes information sharing among agencies, and establishes the multiagency network for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
  • Establish a new, anonymous K-12 “See Something, Say Something” statewide, dedicated hotline, website and mobile app. The bill requires the procurement of a mobile suspicious activity reporting tool.
  • Establish funding to require access to dedicated mental health counselors to provide direct counseling services to students at every school. These counselors cannot serve dual roles, such as teaching or academic advising. Every student must have the opportunity to meet annually one-on-one with a mental health professional, and receive ongoing counseling. The bill establishes a mental health assistance allocation to assist school districts in establishing or expanding school-based mental health care.
  • Require each school to have a threat assessment team including a teacher, a local law enforcement officer, a human resource officer, a child welfare employee and a juvenile justice employee, and the principal to meet monthly to review any potential threats to students and staff at the school. The bill requires each school district to provide for the establishment of threat assessment teams at each school that include persons with expertise in counseling, instruction, school administration, and law enforcement.
  • Require crisis intervention training for all school personnel. This training must be completed before the 2018 school starts. The bill requires crisis intervention training for school resource officers, and mental health awareness and assistance training for school personnel.
  • The bill creates the Office of Safe Schools (OSS) within the Department of Education to serve as a central repository for best practices, training standards, and compliance oversight in all matters regarding school safety and security. OSS is inextricably linked to many school safety provisions.

School Accountability

In the process of looking into our schools, we uncovered millions in unspent safety funds and potentially dangerous programs that made it clear that February 14th was preventable. Now, it’s our mission to serve as a school watchdog, ensuring accountability and transparency within our school systems. Here’s what we’re working on to do that.

  1. We are accepting completely anonymous tips from teachers, students, and any other school personnel who have concerning information about their schools. Any concerns should first be reported to the appropriate authorities before bringing to our attention. With any tips please include the title of the person you reported your concerns to.
  2. We are setting up local chapters of C.L.A.S.S. across the country to work with students, teachers, and the community on doing research into their own schools. In addition, we’ll be recruiting leaders in every state to create and oversee those chapters.
  3. Once we find evidence of wrongdoing or ineptitude, we are ready and willing to take action. This can take many forms. We can call the media, take legal action, or get involved in local school board races if need be.

To do this, we need dedicated Americans from coast to coast working with us. Once you become a volunteer, we will equip you with the necessary tools to do your own research. To get involved, you can submit an anonymous tip or sign up to be a volunteer below.

Help Our Organization

  • Digital Services
  • Graphics Services
  • Become a state Director
  • Become a Volunteer Coordinator
  • Host a fundraiser

Put Pressure

Help Put Pressure on Local, State, and Federal Politicians

  • Share content on social media
  • Make calls to your representatives to make school safety a priority
  • Visit government offices
  • Attend town hall meetings
  • Share the MSD High school public safety bill

Form a Class Watch

Form a CLASS Watch for Your Child’s School

  1. Get principal’s consent
  2. Background checks for volunteers
  3. Train what to watch for and when to make an emergency call (hands on intervention is never called for)
  4. Equipment: you can use your own cellphones, vests, name tags, or t-shirts identifying you as patrol
  5. Paper signup at school
  6. Start patrolling
  7. For information on starting your own Classwatch email Julie at jpollack@americansforclass.org